Lloyd Francis Bacon (December 4, 1889 – November 15, 1955) was an American screen, stage and vaudeville actor and film director. As a director he made films in virtually all genres, including westerns, musicals, comedies, gangster films, and crime dramas. He was one of the directors at Warner Bros. in the 1930s who helped give that studio its reputation for gritty, fast-paced "torn from the headlines" action films. And, in directing Warner Bros.' 42nd Street, he joined the movie's song-and-dance-number director, Busby Berkeley, in contributing to "an instant and enduring classic [that] transformed the musical genre."
Bacon started in films as an actor with Charlie Chaplin and Broncho Billy Anderson and appeared in more than 40 total. As an actor, he is best known for supporting Chaplin in such films as 1915's The Tramp and The Champion and 1917's Easy Street. He later became a director and directed over 100 films between 1920 and 1955. He is best known as director of such classics as 1933's 42nd Street and Footlight Parade, 1937's Ever Since Eve (from a screenplay by playwright Lawrence Riley et al.), 1938's A Slight Case of Murder with Edward G. Robinson, 1939's Invisible Stripes with George Raft and Humphrey Bogart, 1939's The Oklahoma Kid with James Cagney and Humphrey Bogart, 1940's Knute Rockne, All American with Pat O'Brien and Ronald Reagan (as "the Gipper"), 1943's Action in the North Atlantic with Humphrey Bogart, and 1944's The Fighting Sullivans with Anne Baxter and Thomas Mitchell. He also directed Wake Up and Dream (1946).
Lloyd Bacon was born on December 4, 1889 in San Jose, California, the son of actor/playwright Frank Bacon - the co-author and star of the long-running Broadway show Lightnin' (1918) - and Jennie Weidman. Lloyd Bacon was not, contrary to some accounts, related to actor Irving Bacon, although he did direct him in a number of his films. Bacon attended Santa Clara University, and would later include highlights from the Bronco Football program in the end of his famous film, Knute Rockne, All American.
Movies & TV shows
The I Don't Care Girl
This semi-film within a film opens in the office of producer George Jessel, who never saw a camera he couldn't get in front of, who is holding a story conference to determine the screen treatment for ...
The Great Sioux Uprising
During the Civil War, in Wyoming, horse dealers Joan Britton and Stephen Cook are competing to supply the Union Army with horses. A Cherokee is in the area to stir up the Sioux against the Union just ...
Walking My Baby Back Home
A young man from a wealthy New York family pursues a career as the leader of a dance band. Musical.
Against the background of the Civil War, sixteen-year-old song-and-dance artiste Lotta Crabtree works her way across America, becoming ever more popular.
Call Me Mister
A G.I. in occupied Japan tries to re-woo his old love, who's putting on a show for the troops.
The new commander of the Navy Underwater Demolition Team needs to earn the respect of the men in his unit, who are still grieving over the death of their previous commander, and resentful of the new o...
The Fuller Brush Girl
A daffy door-to-door saleswoman blunders into a murder investigation.
Kill The Umpire
Ex-baseball player Bill Johnson (William Bendix'), failing at many jobs when his ball-playing days are over, reluctantly takes the advice of his father-in-law, Jonah Evans (Ray Collins), a retired ump...
The Good Humor Man
Biff Jones is a driver/salesman for the Good Humor ice-cream company. He hopes to marry his girl Margie, who works as a secretary for Stuart Nagel, an insurance investigator. Margie won't marry Biff, ...
Mother Is a Freshman
Widow Abby Abbott is having serious money problems and has to dip into the family trust in order to pay for her daughter Susan's college tuition. The catch: Abby must also become a co-ed or she can't ...
Miss Grant Takes Richmond
A bookie uses a phony real estate business as a front for his betting parlor. To further keep up the sham, he hires dim-witted Ellen Grant as his secretary figuring she won't suspect any criminal goin...
It Happens Every Spring
A scientist discovers a formula that makes a baseball which is repelled by wood. He promptly sets out to exploit his discovery.
You Were Meant for Me
A bandleader falls in love and marries a small town girl.
An Innocent Affair
Vincent Doane is in the precarious position of trying to close an advertising account with his rich ex-fiancée. Unfortunately she is more interested in him than in business. Vincent's wife Paula gets ...
Give My Regards to Broadway
A family vaudeville act is threatened when the eldest son is offered a contract to play baseball. Musical.
I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now
A biopic of the career of Joe Howard (12 Feb.,1878 - 19 May, 1961), famous songwriter of the early 20th Century. Howard wrote the title song, Goodbye, My Lady Love; and Hello, My Baby among many other...
Wake Up and Dream
Aided by her eccentric friends, a young woman goes looking for her missing brother.
Home Sweet Homicide
Mystery writer Marian Carstairs is hard at work trying to finish her latest novel. Her three children meanwhile are entertaining themselves by trying to solve a murder in their own neighborhood. In be...
WWI flyer Eddie Rickenbaker remembers his life which brought him from a car salesman, race driver and pilot in WWI, to an important person in the early years of civil airline service, after his plane ...
The Fighting Sullivans
The lives of a close-knit group of brothers growing up in Iowa during the days of the Great Depression and of World War II and their eventual deaths in action in the Pacific theater are chronicled in ...
Sunday Dinner for a Soldier
A poor family in Florida saves all the money they can in order to plan something special for the soldier they've invited to Sunday dinner. They don't realize that their request to invite the soldier n...
Action in the North Atlantic
In a convoy bound for Murmansk, Lieutenant Joe Rossi is the first officer on the Liberty ship. After the convoy was destroyed by German subs, his ship lost the convoy and is heading alone to Murmansk....
Three ex-cons buy a luggage shop to tunnel into the bank vault next door. But despite all they can do, the shop prospers...
A beautiful heiress is an excellent poker player. Her comfortable life changes when her father and his fortune die during market crash of the 1800's.
Wings for the Eagle
Aircraft workers during during World War II become involved in a love triangle.
The Charlie Chaplin Festival
Four Chaplin shorts from 1917: The Immigrant, The Adventurer, The Cure, and Easy Street, presented with music and sound effects.
On a layover in Hawaii two conniving Navy seamen borrow money to lay down bets that their ship will win the upcoming gunnery practice trophy, having found out that the current gunnery champ has just t...
Honeymoon for Three
Noted writer Kenneth Bixby, in love with his witty secretary Anne Rogers, is on a book tour when he meets up with a former college fling with a loopy Danish girl which he barely remembers. She remembe...
A married reporter's assignments carry him all over the world, which gives him ample opportunity to put the moves on the local females.
Footsteps in the Dark
A high-society gent has a secret life in which he writes murder mysteries and hangs out with the police trying to solve crimes. When his wife wants to know about his disappearances and late nights out...
When retired racket boss John Sarto tries to get back in the game, he ends up in a monastery, where he becomes a monk.
Knute Rockne All American
The story of legendary Notre Dame football player and coach Knute Rockne.
Three Cheers for the Irish
Peter Casey has been with the New York City police department for 25 years. He's totally surprised when he's asked to retire on his 25th anniversary with the force. He's even more unprepared for the r...
A Child Is Born
A pregnant prison inmate shares her problems with the patients in a maternity ward.
When Barry Corvall discovers that his new bride is a possible enemy agent, he resigns from the diplomatic service to go undercover to route out an espionage ring planning to destroy American industria...
The Oklahoma Kid
McCord's gang robs the stage carrying money to pay Indians for their land, and the notorious outlaw "The Oklahoma Kid" Jim Kincaid takes the money from McCord. McCord stakes a "sooner" claim on land w...
A mobster is not able to go straight after he returns home from prison.
This 1939 drama, a reworking of the 1932 James Cagney film "The Crowd Roars", stars Pat O'Brien as a champion auto racer who unhappily learns his kid brother (John Payne) wants to enter the same profe...
Wings of the Navy
Jerry is trying to beat his brother, a naval aviator. Jerry can give it back, even though his brother is tough on him and protective of him.
A Slight Case of Murder
Former bootlegger Remy Marco has a slight problem with forclosing bankers, a prospective son-in-law, and four hard-to-explain corpses.
A New York mobster's protection racket is being fought by a truck driver and his pregnant wife.
Cowboy from Brooklyn
A singing cowboy turns out to be a tenderfoot.
Boy Meets Girl
Two lazy screenwriters need a story for the studio's cowboy star. A studio waitress turns out to be pregnant. This gives them the idea for a movie about a cowboy and a baby. The waitress's baby become...
Set in the underworld of Manhattan, Marked Woman tells the story of a woman who dares to stand up to one of the city's most powerful gangsters. The women of the story are "hostesses". What is implied,...
Ever Since Eve
Madge Winton (Marion Davies), a beautiful secretary, makes herself look homely in order to avoid advances by lecherous bosses. When her new employer, writer Freddy Matthews (Robert Montgomery), accide...
Butch Rogers and Sock McGillis are old submarine hands stationed in Panama. On land, Butch and Sock battle over pretty Ann Sawyer. At sea and underwater, however, our two heroes are inseparable.
Ex-Army officer Jameson takes a job a prison guard at San Quentin. Joe, the brother of his new girlfriend May, is sentenced to the prison for robbery. When Jameson tries to separate lawbreakers from h...
Sons o' Guns
Broadway star Jimmy Canfield stars in a patriotic show on the great white way during WWI. He plays the heroic soldier, but he is doesn't want to join the Army. To evade some troubles with fellow actre...
Gold Diggers of 1937
The partners of stage-producer J. J. Hobart gamble away the money for his new show. They enlist a gold-digging chorus girl to help get it back by conning an insurance company. But they don’t count on ...
Cain and Mabel
A chorus girl and a heavyweight boxer are paired romantically as a publicity stunt.
A taxi driver travels to Venice and poses as a gondolier to land a radio singing job.
Devil Dogs of the Air
Two Marine pilots vie for romance and glory.
At a Mexican resort, a fast-talking magazine editor woos the dancer he's trashed in print.
After a roustabout sailer avoids being shanghaied in 1852 San Francisco, his audacity helps him to arise to a position of power in the vice industry of the infamous Barbary Coast.
The Irish in Us
A boxer (James Cagney) and his policeman brother (Pat O'Brien) have a dispute over a police captain's daughter.
A Very Honorable Guy
Well respected local good guy, "Feet" Samuels finds himself heavily in debt due to an uncharacteristic gambling binge. Feet decides the only way to settle the bill is by selling his body to an ambitio...
6 Day Bike Rider
To get his girl back, that has fallen for a biker, a worker and one of his friends enter a six day race.
He Was Her Man
A safecracker goes straight after doing a stretch for a bum rap. He agrees to do one last job for his "pals".
Here Comes the Navy
A cocky guy joins the Navy for the wrong reason but finds romance and twice is cited for heroism.
Harry and Inez are a dance team at the Wonder Bar. Inez loves Harry, but he is in love with Liane, the wife of a wealthy business man. Al Wonder and the conductor/singer Tommy are in love with Inez. W...
Son of a Sailor
A lovesick fool bumbles into espionage and finds a stolen plane.
An ex-con uses his street smarts to become a successful photojournalist.
A fledgling producer finds himself at odds with his workers, financiers and his greedy ex-wife when he tries to produce live musicals for movie-going audiences.
A producer puts on what may be his last Broadway show, and at the last moment a chorus girl has to replace the star.
Mary Stevens, M.D.
A woman doctor decides to have a baby without benefit of marriage.
Fireman, Save My Child
Joe Grant is an inventor, fireman and baseball player in his small hometown. He gets an offer to play in a big team and hopes to get more money for his inventions. But Joe's invited to present his inv...
You Said a Mouthful
Two men bear the name Joe Holt. One is a shipping clerk, the other a champion Canadian swimmer. When a socialite gets them confused, thinking the clerk is the inventor of an unsinkable swim suit, she ...
The Famous Ferguson Case
A foreword warns against the peril of yellow journalism, and the story illustrates it by following events in the upstate New York town of Cornwall after prominant financier George Ferguson is killed. ...
Scion of the once-rich Mitchell family, Herbert Wynn is found shot to death. Nurse Adams, bored by hospital routine, is recruited by the police to ferret out clues as she tends to Wynn's elderly aunt ...
Fame goes to a priggish singer's head and almost costs him his girlfriend.
Honor of the Family
Intrigue and greed come between an immoral woman and the man who loves her. This film is believed lost.
Director Lloyd Bacon's 1931 drama takes a different look at the Broadway arena by focusing on the owners of a theatrical costume shop.
Winnie Lightner is the head of a health clinic and has Joe E. Brown as one of her employees. Brown is a wrestler named JoJo and he is forced to enter the ring and face down a musclebound masked oppone...
A former All-American football star, now working as a steel mill supervisor in New Jersey, falls in love with the mill owner's wealthy, very spoiled daughter.
Gold Dust Gertie
Early 30s pre-code comedy about a woman attempting to get her two ex-husbands to pay back alimony.
50 Million Frenchmen
In this comedy, two men make an extravagant $50,000 dollar bet that one of them will be able to successfully court a lovely woman with out spending any money. To foil his scheme, the other bettor hire...
She Couldn't Say No
A night club singer falls for a gangster.
The Office Wife
Larry, a publisher, wants Kate to write a book about the 'Office Wife'. An executive stenographer's duties creates a relationship approaching that of his wife. Little does Larry know that sometimes li...
A Notorious Affair
A scheming musician seduces a wealthy woman for love and money.
Herman Melville's mad Capt. Ahab (John Barrymore) spends years hunting the white whale that got his leg.
So Long Letty
Uncle Claude comes to the Ardmore Beach Hotel to see Tommy and his wife. At the hotel, with his two granddaughters Ruth and Sally, Uncle Claude meets a wise talking employee named Letty, which causes ...
An expedition sets out through the jungle to find a missing explorer, but stumbles upon an ancient Mayan temple that houses a giant ape.
Say It with Songs
Joe Lane, radio entertainer and songwriter, learns that the manager of the studio, Arthur Phillips, has made improper advances to his wife, Katherine. Infuriated, Lane engages him in a fight, and the ...
Nightclub hostess Sophie Leonard educates her daughter Beth abroad and keeps her life secret for her. But suddenly the daughter shows up.
No Defense is a 1929 romantic drama directed by Lloyd Bacon and starring Monte Blue. It was a silent film with part talking and sound-effects by the Vitaphone Company. It was distributed by Warner Bro...
Pay as You Enter
Trolley car conductor Clyde Jones and bus conductor "Terrible Bill" Jones are arch rivals for the hand of coffee-shop owner Mary Smith.
Women They Talk About
Women They Talk About is a part-talkie Vitaphone film, with talking, music and sound effects sequences, starring Irene Rich, directed by Lloyd Bacon and produced and distributed by Warner Bros. It is ...
The Singing Fool
After years of hopeful struggle, Al Stone (Jolson) is on his way. "I'm Sittin' on Top of the World", he sings to an appreciative speakeasy crowd. But, as Al discovers, getting there is one thing. Stay...
The Lion and the Mouse
Judge Ross, on the Federal Bench, rules in favor of a large company in litigation before him, unaware that a smaller company in which he owns considerable stock has been subsumed by the larger firm, t...
The Heart of Maryland
At the outbreak of the War Between the States, Maryland Calvert is loved by Maj. Alan Kendrick, son of a Virginia general, and Capt. Fulton Thorpe. Nancy, whom Thorpe has loved unwisely, follows him t...
A Sailor's Sweetheart
Cynthia Botts is the headmistress of a girls' school who has left a fortune on the condition that no scandal could ever be associated with her name. But scandal, in the form of Sandy McTavish, a roman...
A gang of inept crooks and even more inept lawmen search for a cache of hidden money.
A Rainy Knight
Sweethearts Jimmie Carter and Bessie Barnes work for Adolph Brock at the Acme Corporation. One day while he is out for a drive in his jalopy of a car, Jimmie spies a pretty young woman on horseback. H...
A derelict, huddled under the steps of a missionary church, feels enlightened by the sermon of a passionate preacher and infatuated by the beauty of the congregation's pianist, in such a way that he t...
Behind the Screen
During the troubled shooting of several movies, David, the prop man's assistant, meets an aspiring actress who tries to find work in the studio. Things get messy when the stagehands decide to go on st...
After passing the hat and taking the donations intended for German street musicians Charlie heads for the country. Here he finds and rescues a girl from a band of gypsies. The girl falls in love with ...
Charlie is a fireman who always does everything wrong. A man talks the Fire Chief into ignoring his burning home (he wants the insurance money) unaware that his daughter (the love of the Chief) is ups...
An impecunious customer creates chaos in a department store while the manager and his assistant plot to steal the money kept in the establishment's safe.
After amusements working in a restaurant, Charlie uses his lunch break to go roller skating.
A Night in the Show
The man is named Mr. Pest ends up in front of the conductor in a fight after trying several seats. He is thrown out of a building. He pushes a fat lady into a fountain in the lobby and returns to sit ...
In the Park
A tramp steals a girl's handbag, but when he tries to pick Charlie's pocket loses his cigarettes and matches. He rescues a hot dog man from a thug, but takes a few with his walking stick. When the thi...
A rough criminal gets into an argument over a girl in a dance hall.
A Jitney Elopement
Edna's father wants her to marry wealthy Count He-Ha. Charlie, Edna's true love, impersonates the Count at dinner, but the real Count shows up and Charlie is thrown out.
Walking along with his bulldog, Charlie finds a "good luck" horseshoe just as he passes a training camp advertising for a boxing partner "who can take a beating." After watching others lose, Charlie p...
The Little Fellow finds the girl of his dreams and work on a family farm. He helps defend the farm against criminals, and all seems well, until he discovers the girl of his dreams already has someone ...
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